The third international break of the season is upon us, and Neil Harris will briefly be without six of his Lions first-team squad as they travel to meet with their respective national teams for the international fixture programme in the coming days. Here we preview the players in action for their countries during the break…
Shane Ferguson, Conor McLaughlin – Northern Ireland
Shane Ferguson and Conor McLaughlin have been called up by Michael O’Neill for Northern Ireland’s two fixtures in the next week, starting with Thursday’s friendly against Aiden O’Brien and Shaun Williams’ Republic of Ireland at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. The side then turn their attentions to Sunday’s return to Windsor Park, looking to get off the mark in the UEFA Nations League against Austria, who were 1-0 winners in the reverse fixture one month ago.
Shaun Williams, Aiden O’Brien – Republic of Ireland
Shaun Williams and Aiden O’Brien will again represent Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland this week, as they take on namesake Michael O’Neill’s Northern Ireland on Thursday – potentially facing Lions teammates Ferguson and McLaughlin. The Irish side then travel to Denmark for Monday’s Nations League clash – the reverse fixture in Dublin ended in a goalless stalemate. The Millwall duo remain the last two players on the scoresheet for the Republic of Ireland, a stat they will not mind changing as long as they pick up positive results.
Mahlon Romeo – Antigua & Barbuda
Mahlon Romeo has again been selected for Antigua & Barbuda as they continue their CONCACAF Nations League qualifying campaign with an away trip to Martinique on Tuesday (20th November) – a midnight kick-off. Antigua have experienced a mixed start to their qualifiers, beginning with a 3-0 home defeat to St. Lucia before thrashing Bahamas 6-0. Opponents Martinique have won their opening two matches without conceding in a league which includes nations such as Canada, Jamaica and Cuba.
Jiří Skalák - Czech Republic
Jiří Skalák has been called up to return to the Czech Republic squad for their two matches within the next week. Recently-appointed head coach Jaroslav Silhavy first takes his side to Poland to contest a friendly match on Thursday, before returning to Prague for Nations League action as they host Slovakia on Monday evening. The Czechs were victorious in the reverse fixture last month, claiming a 2-1 win.
Keep up to date with our Lions’ progress on international duty with next week’s International Round-Up.